Social safety nets such as cash assistance, subsidized credit, and crop insurance for resource-poor farmers will likewise be carried out to promote sustainable, resilient livelihoods in the event of calamities and other risks.
The Local Government Code of 1991 devolved agricultural extension to local government units, rendering the DA without so-called foot soldiers at provincial, municipal and city levels. The Provincial Agricultural and Fisheries Extension Systems (PAFEs) will be institutionalized to strengthen the collaboration between DA, the local government units, the academe, and the private sector in bringing extension services to the grassroots level.
With PAFES, province serves as an extension hub that synchronizes agricultural plans and programs and orchestrates the various stakeholders (DA, municipalities, city government units, state universities and agencies, the private sector, NGOs, and community-based organizations).
DA will co-plan, co-invest, co-implement, and co-monitor priority projects in the province.
Agri-industrial Business Corridors (ABCs) with Fisheries Management Areas and trading posts as major component aims to integrate smallholder farmers and fisherfolk by providing them access to resources, including state-of-the-art production technology, hatcheries and nurseries, capital, and value-adding facilities.
ABCs, soon to rise in New Clark City and Taguig City, will be the convergence of inter-regional and transnational agri-related business activities.
They are totemic of Philippine agriculture’s transition from a resource-dependent sector to an industrialized, inclusive, and sustainable one.
Infrastructure investments will align with supply, markets, and climate change impacts. It involves the establishment of vital rural infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads, irrigation systems, postharvest facilities, storage tolling, processing and marketing facilities, in partnership with the private sector and concerned agencies and LGUs.
The private sector and LGUs will also be engaged to create food hubs, and efficient transport and logistics systems.
DA will harmonize local production schedules and supply chain activities to facilitate efficient oversight of supply, importation, and price stability of key agricultural goods.
Kadiwa and e-Kadiwa will level up through increased partnerships with LGUs and intensified procurement and marketing of farmers’ produce.
Develop an improved national agriculture logistics system to speed up and reduce transport and distribution costs from production to consumption areas, including export destinations.
e-Kadiwa will be expanded to allow more merchants take part in bringing fresh farm produce. DA has likewise partnered with Grab Express and Lalamove for logistics and delivery service.
Digital technology will be leveraged throughout the food value chain and logistics, starting with the efficient distribution of productive inputs to farmers enrolled in the National Farmers and Fishers Registry System.
The automated systems will improve farm productivity and cut waste by using analytics to facilitate data-driven farming practices for small farmers.
Marketing platforms for agricultural products, such as the homegrown e-Kadiwa, will be seamed with electronic marketplaces and service applications for interoperability and fast delivery to consumers.
Crops will be studiously monitored through electronic databases, such as PRISM for rice, containing all relevant indices.
Under this activity, DA aims to introduce and strengthen the digitization of farming and agribusiness activities in the country, to make way for “Agriculture 4.0”
DA will aggressively pursue and normalize regional and provincial climate risk and vulnerability assessments to inform proactive measures during typhoon season and other natural disasters.
Regional Field Offices will be deployed and strengthened for early warning advisories and disaster risk management activities.
The position of PH agricultural products in global trade will be escalated, especially in export crops such as coconut and banana, where the country is a leader, and in nascent crops like cacao and coffee, where the country could be an emergent force.
Value chains for novel end products with flourishing markets abroad will be studied to encourage the participation of farmers, the producers of raw material.
DA will focus funding and effort in mitigating the effects of plant and animal diseases by improving laboratory and research facilities, building traceability, and unifying control measures against plant and animal epidemics.
Agricultural standards across all agricultural products will be continuously reviewed, updated, disseminated, and enforced.
The “whole of the agriculture and fisheries” approach will be implemented.
The DA will continuously court partnerships with local government units and individual provinces within the PAFES framework and the League of Provinces.
DA will aid agripreneurs, especially MSMEs, in reducing the cost and effort of complying with the regulatory burdens of doing business.
DA will commit to corruption-free and effectively communicated processes.
The DA will be upfront about what it is doing and what it wants to do, especially in matters of possible threats, opportunities, and tradeoffs faced by its own manpower, farmers and fishers, other stakeholders, and the public.
The DA will relay in timely fashion outcomes and prospects of programs, rounding up regular updates and successes of the activities of Regional Field Offices, bureaus and attached agencies and corporations.
Through strategic communications, DA will plan, execute and assess a comprehensive and proactive communications strategies to advance the Duterte Administration’s strategic goals for the agri-fishery sector and to strengthen awareness among stakeholders, partners and the general public. It involves the integration of the Department’s key information, education and communications responsibilities employing traditional media, web and social media channels.